Stephen Harper, Former Prime Minister of Canada, Quits Politics


Stephen Harper in Toronto last year during the election campaign. His Conservative party suffered heavy losses, and Justin Trudeau replaced him as prime minister.

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OTTAWA — He led his government to a crushing defeat at the polls last November, then ceded his office to Justin Trudeau and largely vanished from public view. Now, 10 months later, Stephen Harper, the former Conservative prime minister of Canada, says he is giving up his seat in Parliament and quitting politics.

Mr. Harper’s low-key announcement, in a brief video posted Friday on Facebook, was in character with the rest of his 18-year political career, a…

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